Carl Doran is owner of Snipe Creek Lodge, one of the largest whitetail outfitters in Kentucky – a state with deer hunting ranked No. 1 in the nation by both Field and Stream and Outdoor Life in the past. Doran is a frequent resource for Field and Stream’s Mid-South Rut Reports, and he certainly has a unique insight into the factors that are turning the Bluegrass State into a booming place for big bucks.

Dense habitat combined with changes in agricultural land use have combined to create hunting trends that Doran says will only get better in the years to come.